Month: June 2017

The Falcons had the benefit of decent depth at most positions heading into this offseason.

Anchors like safety Harrison Smith and cornerback Xavier Rhodes make the entire secondary (and the defense overall) more solid. That said, the other spots haven’t solidified completely, even with high draft picks (Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander) on hand.

Terence Newman, Zimmer’s longest-standing disciple on the Vikings, is back, which says a lot about him and how much he means to the secondary. Captain Munnerlyn moved on in free agency. A lot of youngsters need to separate themselves to match the level of play of Smith and Rhodes.

The mistake Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith made when building the Falcons’ roster together was overlooking the defense to create an explosive offense.

The Falcons had the benefit of decent depth at most positions heading into this offseason. It freed them up to prioritize keeping key players who were set to hit free agency, like wide receiver Taylor Gabriel, a major contributor to Atlanta’s top-scoring offense last year, and tackle Ryan Schraeder, who has been a reliable fixture on the right side of the line.

The biggest question for the Falcons going into the season is how the departure of Kyle Shanahan will impact things. Shanahan was hired Cheap Bike Jerseys to be the San Francisco 49ers head coach after the Falcons lost the Super Bowl because he didn’t want to run the dang ball. Steve Sarkisian was hired to take his place.

Part of the reason the team went with Sarkisian to fill Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys the offensive coordinator role is because he can orchestrate essentially the same offense Atlanta ran last season, with some tweaks. There will probably be less emphasis on the fullback and more on the tight ends, but otherwise, the scheme should remain similar to the one the Falcons experienced so much success in last season.

The other element of the culture Quinn has brought to the Falcons carries over to the locker room.

Former NFL WR James Hardy III found dead in Indiana river

Despite a relatively disappointing 2016 season and the lingering what-to-do-with-Sheldon-Richardson question, the Jets’ defensive line remains the strength of the roster. New York gave up the fewest yards per carry before contact last year, according to Pro Football Focus, and the line will look the same this season, barring a Richardson move.

Though the Jets run a base 3-4 defense, they often line up with four hands in the dirt. That’ll continue to be the case, especially with Steve McLendon returning from injury at defensive tackle. The team also hopes end Muhammad Wilkerson can return to Pro Bowl form now that he’s entering the season at full health.

The tricky part about blocking the Jets’ front is the versatility of Richardson, Wilkerson, Leonard Williams and even McLendon. The first three in particular can and do line up at any position on the line. The ends are especially tough to contain when they line up inside the tackles for passing situations.

Anthony Johnson, Lawrence Thomas and Deon Simon (nose) will provide depth on the defensive line, as will free agency acquisition Mike Pennel.

The body of former NFL wide receiver James Hardy III was identified Thursday after being pulled out of the Maumee River in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Wednesday, according to Fort Wayne’s NBC.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office identified his body after a plant Cincinnati Reds Cheap Jerseys worker discovered his body in a log jam.

Hardy III was drafted in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent four years in the league. He played for the Buffalo Bills from 2008-10, then played for the Baltimore Ravens Design Cheap Jerseys in 2011, though he never took a snap for the team. He attempted to play in the Arena Football League in 2012 and 2013.

Hardy was born in Fort Wayne and attended high school at Fort Wayne Elmhurst before starring at Indiana University.

Colin Kaepernick’s realistic asking price in NFL free agency is not much

Colin Kaepernick’s free agency remains one of the hottest topics in the NFL. The Seahawks gave the 29-year-old quarterback his first interview of the year, but he left Seattle with no contract.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, though, said Kaepernick is “a starter in this league.” It was an odd comment given the way teams approach filling out their rosters, unless the Seahawks talked contract numbers and Kaepernick was out of their price range.

With that in mind, here’s a look at what Kaepernick should expect from another team in free agency.

With Baker, Beckwith, Wilcox and Evans, the Bucs made it a point to get good complementary defenders for their top-tier talents. With Winston leading a more energized, balanced and intimidating offense, the Bucs, from front to back end, can more consistently tee off defensively.

The changes are enough to think Koetter and Winston will lead at least a wild-card playoff team in 2017.

The Patriots logo on the ring is comprised of a custom-cut created corundum sapphire and ruby. An additional corundum sapphire in the background proudly surrounds the Patriots logo and five iconic Vince Lombardi Trophies. Each trophy features a marquise-cut diamond and is pavé-set with brilliant round diamonds.

Surrounding the custom sapphire corundum is another Cheap Dodgers Jerseys perimeter row of diamonds, bringing the total to the more than 280 diamonds. The words “World Champions” surround the sides to contribute to the ring’s unique shape and size. There Cheap China NFL Jerseys are also five marquise-cut diamonds representing the franchise’s five Vince Lombardi trophies.

Players arrived at Kraft’s house for a ceremony, which included a red carpet. Former players like Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount, also attended.

LeSean McCoy says ‘don’t be surprised’ if Bills sign Jeremy Maclin

LeSean McCoy understands the Bills need to add more playmakers if they are going to compete against the Patriots this season. He has one wide receiver in particular already in mind.

Jeremy Maclin, who was recently released by the Chiefs, has been identified by McCoy as a target for the Bills.

Billy McCaslin, 41, and Sergio Irreza, 32, both pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and were sentenced Friday, according to the Denver Post. McCaslin was sentenced to 60 days in jail and Irreza received a 30-day jail sentence. Both men had two years’ probation added to their jail time as part of a plea agreement.

The two thieves broke into Ware’s house on Oct. 24, when the Broncos were playing the Texans, and stole approximately $40,000 of valuables, including the Super Bowl ring.
The men were arrested two days later thanks to video footage from Ware’s home surveillance system.

Ware retired in March after spending the final Flyers Cheap Jerseys three seasons of his 12-year career with the Broncos. He helped the Broncos win Super Bowl 50, but signed a Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys one-day contract with the Cowboys in April to officially retire as a member of the team with whom he spent the first nine years of his career. The nine-time Pro Bowler retired with 138 1/2 sacks and one Super Bowl ring, which he now has back.

With the retirement of Steve Smith Sr. and the release of tight end Dennis Pitta, it’s obvious the Ravens need a receiver. Chances are, they will continue to heavily court Maclin until he makes a firm decision.

Jets’ Leonard Williams shown breaking up fight involving teammate Darron Lee

It looks as if Leonard Williams kept Jets teammate Darron Lee from getting into a giant mess.

A two-part video shows the defensive lineman forcibly moving another man, believed to be Lee, away from a woman at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York.

The eyewitness described on Twitter that the man presumed to be Lee kept going back to the woman to continue their argument. He even grabbed her and tried to drag her away at one point. Security intervened, but it was Williams who picked up Lee and carried him away from the woman.

According to the New York City police department (via ESPN.com) there have been no arrests in relation to the incident. However, Lee could face discipline from the NFL for violating the league’s code of conduct.

Williams was the Jets’ first-round pick in 2015, while Lee was their first-round pick in 2016. The team has not commented on the situation.

Manning enjoyed his third consecutive 4,000-yard season, led the Echl Cheap Jerseys Giants to an 11-5 record and secured a spot in the playoffs. He continues to be the ultimate hot-and-cold quarterback. He still throws too many interceptions.

Bortles rounds out the bottom quarter of starting QBs in the NFL. Bortles is 11-34 as a starter entering his fourth year, and the patience level is running thin. Perhaps the addition of star running back Leonard Fournette will help. Bortles puts up decent stats but throws too many interceptions.

Flacco scale: One Flacco. He’s 1-1 head-to-head against Flacco, including Find Cheap Jerseys Online a victory in 2015. They meet again in Week 3.

Davon House hitches ride to OTAs with Packers fans after missed flight

When Davon House missed his flight from Minneapolis to Green Bay the night before workouts, he needed a backup plan — and fast.

Packers fans to the rescue.

The Packers cornerback landed at the Minneapolis airport around 11 p.m. CT Monday but was faced with the challenge of getting to Green Bay for the start of OTAs Tuesday morning after missing his connecting flight. Stranded and desperate, he took to Twitter to ask for help.

Both players provided their side of the story, but now we have even more insight into the incident. Speaking to NFL Films for NFL Network’s Top 100 list, Broncos safety T.J. Ward went a little more in depth into Talib’s reasoning. Ward sides with his teammate and explained why Crabtree’s gold chain was a no-no.

“I mean we feel like, or he feel like — well I don’t know. It was just a sign kind of disrespect. We out here playing the ultimate game. It’s a tough game, going to war and you out here with your chains on like it’s all good, nothing’s going to happen, you don’t got to get dirty. You know, nah. You know Aqib, of course is going to take action. And that’s what he did.”

Ward added he wouldn’t want to wear a chain during a game, “But Hockey Jerseys Cheap if I did, ain’t nobody taking my chain, I’ll tell you that. Break my chain, I’ll break your ass.”

As for Crabtree, he didn’t let the incident bother him as he got the chain fixed and came back the next week with it still on. He might want to think twice about wearing it against Kids Cheap Jerseys the Broncos next season, or he could end up having to repair it again.

Texans D-line coach thinks Jadeveon Clowney can be a Hall of Famer

After the Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the former South Carolina defensive end struggled with injuries through his first two seasons.

He was finally healthy last season and had the best year of his career. The Texans had the NFL’s top-ranked defense despite missing three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt for most of the season.

“You gonna have a guy that’s going to come in ready to prove himself. Ready to get his second chance at what he does best and hopefully it’ll be a good outcome.”
Manziel recently rehired his agent, Erik Burkhardt, after he split with Manziel as a client following domestic violence allegations made by former girlfriend Colleen Crowley.

As for a return to the league, Benjamin isn’t the only NFL receiver to spend some time with Manziel this offseason. The controversial quarterback practiced with Giants’ WR Odell Beckham Jr. a few weeks ago. And in March, NFL Network reported Manziel was drawing some interest from teams.

While the news seemed encouraging a few months ago, there hasn’t been much progress since then. Manziel brings a long list of controversy over the past year (and beyond) that would scare teams from taking a chance. And that’s not even getting to his football abilities after Lebron Cheap Jerseys being a year removed from the league.

So even though Benjamin believes Manziel is ready for an NFL return, he’s still Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys a long way from someone actually offering him a contract.

Mike Zimmer cleared to resume coaching Vikings after eye surgery

On his 61st birthday, Mike Zimmer got back to doing what he does best.

The Vikings announced Monday that Zimmer has been cleared to resume coaching the team after missing the last two weeks following his eighth eye surgery.

Zimmer missed the first two rounds of organized team activities as he continues to work his way back from eye problems that have affected him since last season. He told reporters on May 26 he would return shortly “with one eye or two” and emphasized that his medical issues won’t hold him back.

“Unfortunately, I have too much time on my hands now and so I hear, ‘Oh, this might shorten his coaching career,'” he said then. “бн We can put that retiring thing to bed quickly.”

This is the Vikings’ final week of OTAs, with the team’s mandatory minicamp scheduled for next week.

Ryan is the reigning MVP coming off a fantastic season in which he finished with 4,944 yards, 38 TDs and seven interceptions while leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl. The test for Ryan now is to help the franchise avoid a letdown after giving up that 28-3 lead to New England. Ryan has earned his spot in the top five.
Flacco scale: 4.5 Flaccos. The first two quarterbacks in the 2008 NFL Draft Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys will be linked forever, and Ryan has the advantage for now.

Cousins finished third in the NFL with 4,917 yards and added 25 TDs last UK Cheap Jerseys season, and it’s become clear over the last two seasons he’s a good NFL quarterback. How good? Well, that’s a question for the Redskins, who are still in contract talks with the quarterback with no deal imminent. He’s still just 19-21 as a starter, and he missed a chance to get Washington to the playoffs in 2016.

Flacco scale: Three Flaccos. Who is the more trust-worthy Beltway quarterback? That’s an interesting topic moving into 2017.

Clinton-Dix now claims that wasn’t the case.

Brady disagreed with my first premise of the afternoon, about this Super Bowl being one of the great games of his life. “I don’t really think that is necessarily the case,” he said, relaxing in ski Cheap Jerseys From China pants and sneakers. “I think it was one of the greatest games I have ever played in, but when I think of an interception return for a touchdown, some other missed opportunities in the first 37, 38 minutes of the game, I don’t really consider playing a good quarter-and-a-half plus overtime as one of the ‘best games ever.’ But it was certainly one of the most thrilling for me, just because so much was on the line, and it ended up being an incredible game.

Israel Minister for Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Gilad Erdan said in a statement: “I see great importance in the arrival of this delegation of NFL stars to Israel.

So when Pro Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix took what appeared to be a shot Cheap Jerseys For Sale at Dom Capers on Instagram, many chalked it up to an extension of the blame being placed on the Green Bay defensive coordinator.

Clinton-Dix now claims that wasn’t the case.

The 24-year-old on Thursday posted on his Instagram account a farewell message to cornerback Sam Shields, who the Packers cut Wednesday after a season of concussion issues. Part of that message: “Thank you for lining up and playing whatever Dom capers called rather WE liked it or not you was all in.”

A day later, Clinton-Dix posed a series of tweets that not only shifted blame away from Capers, but also placed it on his own teammates … or at least their apparent complaining about Capers’ play calls.

The best Super Bowl-winning teams, ranked 1-51

Tom Brady made a big, big, big mistake. His pass intended for Danny Amendola on a rub route was read perfectly and picked off by Atlanta cornerback Robert Alford, who returned it 82 yards for a touchdown. It was devastating for the Patriots not only because they had driven 52 yards in 12 plays to get near the red zone, but the pick occurred with just over two minutes to play in the half. It was the first time Brady had thrown a pick six in the postseason. 21-0, Falcons.

After forcing another Patriots three-and-out, the Falcons made New England pay … quickly. Matt Ryan fired an absolute beauty of a pass to tight end Austin Hooper, who was working against man coverage in the end zone. Hooper caught the ball, which basically fell right into his arms, for a 19-yard touchdown. Julio Jones again made a key play on the scoring drive with a toe-dragging, 18-yard catch on the sideline. The five-play, 62-yard drive took just 1:49 off the clock. Of note: No team has ever come back from a two-touchdown deficit in the Super Bowl. 14-0, Falcons.

Maybe the most glaring and surprising omission from the Combine, Gilbert has been a productive, versatile and consistent edge rusher for the last two years. He was a big reason for Cheap NFL Jerseys Colorado’s surprising success this year.

As is the case with all edge rushers, the Combine testing numbers will be essential to his draft grade. Colorado is loaded with NFL talent this year, so he’ll have every Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys NFL team in attendance when he finally gets to test. But he might be the most glaring missing player at this year’s Combine.

One of the most productive small school linebackers in the country, Herdman was a late Senior Bowl call-up due to injuries at the position, and he emerged as a quality 3-4 inside linebacker prospect.

While he’s a bit stiff and wouldn’t have tested overly well in quickness-based drills, his explosiveness and power testing could have helped earn him a draft pick. After impressing in his ideal role at the Senior Bowl, Herdman is still a small school name to remember as the draft nears.